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The Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 32, AFL-CIO, is one of the largest and fastest growing unions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We represent 6,000 members in both the public sector and private sector employment. Our members work in a variety of technical, professional, clerical, white collar and blue collar professions. Please click on any one of the links on the left hand side of the page to learn more about OPEIU, Local 32, AFL-CIO.

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NY unions add 58,000 members in 2015, reversing decline

2 February 2016

NY unions add 58,000 members in 2015, reversing decline

Unions in New York State gained 58,000 members last year, a reversal of the decline recorded between 2013 and 2014, according to new federal data. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week the ranks of private-sector and government unions in the state totaled 2 million, up 3 percent from a year earlier. Union membership has fluctuated in recent years.

There was a decline of 6,000 members between 2013 and 2014, and an increase of 145,000 between 2012 and 2013. The latter was the first increase since 2007. However, union membership remains below its recent high of 2.1 million in 2005. The expansion of union rolls coincided with an increase in the number of people employed in New York State. The total workforce statewide grew by 189,000 people last year, or 2.3 percent over 2014.

Seth Goldstein: Union believes Menards is curtailing employee rights

28 January 2016

Seth Goldstein: Union believes Menards is curtailing employee rights

Dear Editor: I am happy Kevin Scofield is glad to remain employed at Menards during hard times, though he hardly offers spirited details and talks vaguely of policies he does not like. Unfortunately, Menards denies their employees the right to speak openly regarding company employment policies and decisions with which they may disagree.

For instance, Menards has created a no-gossiping policy at the workplace. The company’s “Team Member Pay Merit Review Eligibility Notice” lists reasons managers can cite to deny employees merit pay increases — including gossiping. Menards' gossiping ban violates the National Labor Relations Act as it unjustly penalizes any employee who complains, to another employee, about working conditions.

OPEIU Endorses Shaun Francis for NY State Senate, 43rd District

OPEIU Endorses Shaun Francis for NY State Senate, 43rd District 26 January 2016

OPEIU Endorses Shaun Francis for NY State Senate, 43rd District

New York, NY (January 26, 2016)

The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, has endorsed Shaun Francis for the New York State Senate, 43rd District.

“Shaun has dedicated his post-baseball career to serving the needs of working people,” said OPEIU President Richard Lanigan. “He has the experience and proven dedication that makes him the right candidate to represent working families in New York and ensure their interests are protected in Albany.” Lanigan pledged OPEIU will mobilize its members in the 43rd District to help ensure that Francis is elected.

Workers, lawyers, NLRB team up to expose Menard's union busting

25 January 2016

Workers, lawyers, NLRB team up to expose Menard's union busting

David versus Goliath comparisons leap to the journalist's pen whenever an average person fights for rights against the controlling richest .01 percent. It's a popular truism. But sometimes it's dead right. Such is the case of an unknown union organizer who likes to work computer and phone out of a coffee shop near his Manhattan home in a state that doesn't even have one of John Menard Jr.'s 280 Big Box home improvement stores.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Supreme Court Decision to Hear the DAPA and Expanded DACA Case

20 January 2016

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Supreme Court Decision to Hear the DAPA and Expanded DACA Case

Supreme Court Should Approve Policies that Will Provide Much-needed Relief to Immigrant Working Families

We applaud the Supreme Court's decision to take up this case, which will have profound consequences for our immigrant brothers and sisters who live and work every day under a cloud of fear, as well as for racial and economic justice in our country.  We are confident that the Court will reverse the Fifth Circuit and allow the DAPA and expanded DACA policies to go into effect, affording millions of people the opportunity to apply for work authorization and temporary protection from deportation. We encourage the Department of Homeland Security to take all steps necessary to ensure these much-needed policies can be implemented as soon as possible after the Court issues its decision this summer.

Check out the AFL-CIO’s new raising wages report, Fighting for a Better Life

19 January 2016

Check out the AFL-CIO’s new raising wages report, Fighting for a Better Life

Marking nearly one year since the first ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO released a new report, Fighting for a Better Life:  How Working People Across America are Organizing to Raise Wages and Improve Work, detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people.

The report finds that over the last year income inequality has shifted from a problem we discuss to a problem we can solve, and points to clear and unequivocal steps for a path forward.  Armed with the solutions outlined in the report, the central conclusion is that America is ready to move beyond the discussion of income inequality and is beginning to write new rules that will shape the economy.

Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 30, 2016

15 January 2016

Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 30, 2016

Click here for the rules and regulations for the 2016 OPEIU Scholarships, specifically the John Kelly Labor Studies Scholarship, the Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship, and the Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp. 

The deadline for the John Kelly and Howard Coughlin Scholarships have been extended to April 30, 2016.

The deadline for the Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp is May 16, 2016. 

Richard Lanigan Named OPEIU President

Richard Lanigan Named OPEIU President 15 December 2015

Richard Lanigan Named OPEIU President

New York, NY (December 15, 2015)

The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, CLC, Executive Board named Richard Lanigan to serve as president, effective December 15, 2015, following the resignation of Michael Goodwin.  The appointment was made at the Executive Board’s meeting in New York City. Lanigan has served as Secretary-Treasurer of OPEIU Local 153 and as an International vice president for Region II since 1994.

“I would like to thank the Executive Board for its decision to appoint me as president,” said Lanigan when accepting the appointment.  “I’ve dedicated my life to OPEIU and its members, and I’m excited to embark on this next phase of service to the working people of this union.” 

“Richard is the fifth person to occupy the position of OPEIU president, and the board could not have made a better choice,” said Goodwin. “I know he will do a great job for the members of the union.”

In Historic Ruling, NLRB Says Tucson Taxi Drivers are Employees

In Historic Ruling, NLRB Says Tucson Taxi Drivers are Employees 28 October 2015

In Historic Ruling, NLRB Says Tucson Taxi Drivers are Employees

Tucson, Arizona (October 28, 2015) – In a groundbreaking ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Tucson, Arizona, has determined that more than 200 taxi drivers employed by AAA Transportation/Yellow Cab are employees and are therefore eligible for union representation.

CLUW Launches First National Women's Health Survey: All Union Women Are Urged to Take A Few Minutes to Answer

CLUW Launches First National Women's Health Survey: All Union Women Are Urged to Take A Few Minutes to Answer 8 September 2015

CLUW Launches First National Women's Health Survey: All Union Women Are Urged to Take A Few Minutes to Answer

As part of its commitment to empower union women, the Coalition of Union Women (CLUW)   provides its members with health information. To assist us in tailoring that information, we created a short survey with one of our Spread the Word campaign partners, HealthyWomen," announces CLUW President Connie Leak.

 

President Leak explains the survey results will allow HealthyWomen to work with CLUW to provide CLUW members with the health information they want on a regular basis, delivered via the communications format/s they prefer.

 

The short survey, which is going out via “Survey Monkey,” is called Getting to Know You and Your Health Needs: Audience Survey for Women. You can access it here: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cluw-survey 

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